The smaller female mink can follow the water vole
into its burrow and can go through an entire colony in a matter of months.
Alastair Driver, national conservation manager at the Environment Agency and chair of the UK s water vole
steering group, said:It is essential that we have up-to-date information on water vole
distribution because they breed prolifically, but also their populations can plummet quickly in response to floods, droughts, mink predation and habitat loss.
Last month the People's Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) launched Britain's first ongoing national water vole
While there have been positive steps across the country to reintroduce them and protect their habitats, by the Trust and other organisations, we have to do more if we are going to stop the water vole
from going the way of the dodo.
sites in Wales include Cos Erddreiniog, Malltraeth and Migneint in the north, Cwmystwyth and Cors Caron in Mid Wales and in the south, Pendine and Llanelli (the WWT Llanelli Wetland Centre).
from our control list, as they are as much friend as foe.
Exactly what gives the vole
protein its mighty morphing abilities is a mystery.
Once again, fluctuating food availability was important in that small males were better providers than large males in low vole
Vol pacer Voles
are difficult to get rid of, particularly those on long-term contracts.
The water vole
is disappearing from the UK at the same rate the - much more highly publicised - Black Rhino is declining from East Africa.
But you can identify a vole
by its chubby face with blunt nose, small ears almost hidden in fur, rich, chestnut-brown colour, tail covered with fine hairs or the "plop" sound as they enter the water.
, one of ten entries in next month's Leopardstown Hurdle trained by Willie Mullins, was yesterday installed 8-1 favourite by Paddy Power to provide the Irish champion with his second victory in the EUR100,000 handicap, writes Brian Fleming.
Small mammals are commonly preyed by various avian predators, and the bank vole
(Myodes glareolus) is among the main prey species for owls (Balciauskiene, 2006).
PUUV is likely to be the most prevalent hantavirus in Europe (1); the bank vole
Myodes" (Clethrionomys) glareolus, one of the most widespread and abundant mammal species on the continent, is a natural reservoir (2-4).
During the course of a study of population dynamics of the prairie vole
, Microtus ochrogaster, and the meadow vole